“Distinguished by the Letter C”: Edmond Malone and Edward Capell as Rival Editors of Shake-speares Sonnets

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    This article publishes for the first time in full Edward Capell's preface to his manuscript edition of the Sonnets in 1766. It argues that Capell's work has been largely forgotten in the narratives that we tell about the rediscovery of the 1609 Quarto at the end of the 18th century, but that Edmond Malone's groundbreaking work was very heavily indebted to Capell, though his contribution largely went unacknowledged. The article aims to shift the current narrative about the editing of the Quarto and about the reception of the Sonnets in general.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)52-78
    Number of pages26
    JournalShakespeare Quarterly
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2022

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